Property Of The State

by Ainjel Emme

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Frustrated by recent attempts to subvert Roe V. Wade in Texas and Ohio, and frightened by the newly elected administration, I collaborated long-distance with my good friend, Austin singer-songwriter Ray Prim, on a song about the importance of women's freedom of choice.

Along the way, I invited other artists to contribute to the track. Some came into my studio, others recorded in their own home studios and sent the files in. This is the triumphant result.

Supreme thanks and love to Ray and all of the other artists who lifted their voices in support of this important cause.

*A portion of the proceeds from this recording will go to Planned Parenthood and the ACLU.

lyrics

LYRICS:

Don't tell a woman that her hands are tied
She has the fortitude to decide for herself
For herself

You prop yourself up on your sense of morality
You try to take control on feeble technicalities
Old habits are dying hard
You keep your business in your own backyard

Ain't it a shame?
Would you want someone to treat your mama this way?
Ain't it a damn shame?

A woman's body is not you business
It isn't property of the State
You're not speakin' for nobody's best interest
You just want someone to regulate
Well
Your power, your voice
Her body, her choice
Don't second guess the way it always was
Mama knows better than you think she does

Don't tell a woman what she has to do
Don't try and strip her from her right to choose
It ain't your right
It ain't your life
You're standing holy on an island that's sinking
You're talking, talking when you should be listening
It isn't up to you so shut it down
Her body ain't a battleground

Ain't it a shame?
Would you want someone to treat your mama this way?
Ain't it a damn shame?

A woman's body is not you business
It isn't property of the State
You're not lookin' for nobody's best interest
You just want someone to regulate
Well
Your power, your voice
Her body, her choice
Don't second guess the way it always was
Mama knows better than you think she does

Ain't it a shame?
Ain't it a damn shame?

You don't cure the disease by treating the symptom
Take a look at what the bigger picture's missing

credits

released January 21, 2017
Written by Ainjel Emme and Ray Prim

MUSICIANS

Ainjel Emme – Acoustic guitar, bass, guitar solo
Anthony P. Lopez – drums, percussion
Michael S. Pozzi – Electric guitar
James Clarke – organ, piano


LEAD VOCALISTS

Ainjel Emme
Ray Prim


FEATURED VOCALISTS

Suzy Husner
Jacqueline Mackenzie
Aimie Lovett
Greta Valenti


GUEST VOCALISTS

Keith England
Jennifer Blake
Liane Curtis
Rie Daisies
Joshua Cobos
Dan Madonia


PRODUCTION

AINJEL EMME - Producer, Recording Engineer (Block Of Joy)

ANTHONY P. LOPEZ – Recording, Mixing, and Mastering Engineer (Block Of Joy)

JAMES CLARKE – Organ and Piano Recording Engineer

ROB BLACK – Vocal Recording Engineer for Suzy Husner (Light Black Productions)

Guest vocalists who recorded their own vocals: Ray Prim, Greta Valenti, Rie Daisies, Keith England, Liane Curtis.


COVER ART / CONCEPT

Kimberly Zsebe

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Singer-songwriter-whatever from Los Angeles, CA by way of Austin, TX.

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